Chronicle - The Winter Ball and the return of sera Ophidias
Twenty-Eighth day of the Fourth Moon,
Thirteenth Year of the Recent Awakenings
In accordance to the will of the Lord Chamberlain, and in upholding the duties charged to me as an Junior Chronicler, I hereby submit an account of the Winter Ball and the return of sera Ophidias.
The violin music in the dim, star-and-crystal-lit Avalonian ice ballroom came to a screeching halt as sera Ranowan Ophidias, a member of Her Majesty's Court and thought to be captive of the rebels of the Under Bailey, staggered in to the annual Winter Ball, exhausted, wounded and clutching a blindfold.
The evening, until that point, had progressed as planned, with the beautiful ballroom fantastically decorated with food, drink, illusions and light. Hosted on behalf of His Excellency the Lord Boreas by the Lady Sinvy, the first act of entertainment had nearly reached its culmination when sera Ophidias interrupted the event by arriving through the south door. Her collapse drew attention to her, and ser Tiernon and several of Her Majesty's healers rushed to her aid and took her away to be assisted, with members of the Royal Guard.
Determined to not let the ball be overshadowed by the return of sera Ophidias from the rebels, Her Majesty's consort descended from the balcony where Her Majesty and their son, Prince Bertram, had been watching the entertainment, provided by Dame Takara, Doctor Diana and ser Elesin.
"The Winter Ball is our grand celebration," Lord Boreas told the assembled guests, holding his hands up for silence. "Truly we have something additional this night to bring us cheer. One of our own is returned to us. It is clear that our noble and brave efforts of the last few days have shown our will and determination and convinced those who conspire against us that we are not to be trifled with." He bade the celebration continue, and the guests began to mingle, sampling the unique and magnificent foods prepared for the ball by the Royal Cook, Master Geoffry.
Her Majesty, resplendent in a gown of cerulean and bearing a crown that appeared to float as if by magic above her brow, was presented with a large candy confection, shaped in a castle. The candy's tall towers and turrets had windows of delicate, thin spun-sugar, and chocolate icing was used to create the illusion of stonework. The wintry castle was dotted here and there with puffs of snow, made from whipped cream and powdered sugar. Smaller versions of the castles were served to the honoured guests of the ball.
The second entertainment was provided by sera Peraine, who arrived at the Ball on the arm of His Royal Highness, the Prince Bertram. She recited a poem she had spoken at her first Winter Ball.
Winter white and a cascade of diamonds, shimmering beauty in snowy bliss; flickering lights on a sea of smiles Loveliness refined into an evening like this
As the guests enjoyed the food, drinks and music, ser Tiernon returned with sera Ophidias on his arm. The sera, weak from her ordeal at the hands of the rebels, was visibly frail and had difficulty showing deference to Her Majesty, though the attempt was noble.
Spying the tormented sera's arrival, Her most gracious Majesty rose from her seat and stepped to the edge of the balcony, followed closely by her handmaiden, sera Heulyn. Confirming what She had seen, She descended from the balcony and made her way to sera Ophidias, who wearily lowered herself to her knees, followed closely by ser Tiernon.
Taking sera Ophidias' hands in Her own, the elven Queen raised the sera back to her feet and openly supported the weary woman, showing the compassion for which She is legendary. The Queen spoke private words to sera Ophidias, then turned to address the entirety of the assembled guests, commanding all to see to sera Ophidias' well-being. The sera was served by the Lady Sinvy herself throughout the evening.
For the third entertainment, 'Madam Zra' and 'Apprentice Fortune Teller Lia' joined the assembled guests. Lady Sinvy introduced them, announcing that the two would provide "fortunes to those interested." The fortune tellers set up shop on the north terrace, cajoling along many of the guests. Whether it was needing to eat chocolate truffles for three days to avoid disaster, or pricking a finger on a needle and falling in love with Elmer, the crystal ball and cards of Madam Zra and Apprentice Fortune Teller Lia evoked many laughs and much entertainment.
As the evening drew to a close, Her Majesty descended with Her Family from the grand balcony, and spoke loud enough for all to hear, "Lady Sinvy, it is you who have have honored us. We are eternally grateful. It (the Winter Ball) has more than met with Our approval. Our thanks to you, and those who assisted you in making this possible."
She then bade the gathered guests a good evening and departed, with her consort declaring the revelry should continue.
In all, not including Madam Zra and Fortune Teller Lia, forty-four of Her Majesty's Court and Guests attended the Winter Ball. Her Majesty, the Queen Vivienne, attended accompanied by her consort, the Lord Chancellor Sir Boreas and their son, His Royal Highness the Prince Bertram. The Royal Family was attended by their households, composed of handmaidens Ezraella and Heulyn, the recently recovered Major Priam, Dame Keyana, Squires Dionar and Varick, and ser Elesin. The Captain of the Royal Guard, Sir Darvius, was accompanied by sera Isaria, while Dame Wilena guarded the entrance. The Lady Sinvy was escorted by her fiancÚ, Master Uwaine and her Household, Mistress Cordelia and sera Meryl. The Lady Avaria was also in attendance, accompanied by Mistress Jerisa and Doctor Annett, while the Lady Etaine was joined by Master Arian, sera Maelle and ser Harabec. The Lord Chancellor, Sir Launfal, was attended by Mistress Lillian and this humble Chronicler, sera Euphelia.
Dame Takara and Doctor Diana provided entertainment in the form of violin music and a dancing act with ser Elesin, while sera Peraine shared poetry with the guests. Amongst the guests were Sir Bragi, Mistress Tristana, Master Anton, Doctor Aloria, sers Canderous, Dolph, Dryden, Myrddin, Tiernon and seras Adayne, Gabriela, Kalare, Khalea and Ophidias.
Guests from the evening were presented with a gift of a silvered crystal box; within the box was a small bottle of amber wine with an ornamented black and silver label and an opaline dreamcatcher in the shape of a snowflake.
This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask that the readers indicate to me through their discretion any falsehood I may have mistakenly communicated. It is by means of the conservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Majesty and give substance to those that follow.
In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, the Lord Chamberlain, the Chronicler's Office, and the Denizenry of our Gracious Queen's Realm;
Sera Euphelia Noronos
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